Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Little Weather, Finally

Yesterday and this morning we woke up to cloudy skies and humidity.  Thunder and lightening remind me of Arizona during the monsoon season. Funny how certain sights and smells can trigger childhood memories.

I have been busy knitting and spending time with family this past week. Over the weekend we went out to dinner to Mike and Anne's. We ordered the two "special" appetizers for the evening- squash blossoms and eggplant. Both were delicious!

We finished dinner off with some Port, beignets and ice cream. What a treat.

My knitting is humming along. Over the last week I have managed to finish two scarves and have made some progress on both the Rattlesnake Creek Socks and the Green Autumn Gloves.

The picture to the right is the Noro Striped Scarf, by Jerad Flood (Brooklyntweed). I started it last week and will weave the ends in this afternoon. There will be several more of these knit by me as it is way too much fun to see the color combinations roll along.

We are no longer hog sitting. The little critter was returned on Sunday. The experience was fun and not too painful...I think it likes us.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hog Sitting & Knitting

For the past few days I have been hedgehog sitting and knitting up a storm. Truffles is her name and running on the wheel late at night is her game...

Her roomy three story condo is smack dab in the middle of my yet to be finished craft room. That insures that Spooky, our killer cat, doesn't stress the little creature. Truffles is really sweet and appreciates visitors if you can keep her hours. During the day, she curls up in a pouch on the bottom floor and naps.

One project came off the needles today. The hat pictured above is a test knit for CathyCate (on Ravelry). It is the second version of her Hat without a Name...a fun, fast knit.
This morning, after breakfast out, we took a different route home.  When I spotted this little fellow camped out on a roof...I had to turn around to take a second look and snap a photo.  He was silently enjoying watching other dogs pass by from a safe vantage point. Smart fellow!

Monday, September 15, 2008

LA County Fair...

Yesterday we made our annual trek to the LA County Fair in Pomona. Thanks to L. (Knitdad's daughter) we got in free. I might have to go again as I had hoped to see some animals...we got sidetracked by wine tasting. Actually, two wine tastings. It was a fun day full of interesting sights and smells. Oh, my!


Several projects are on the needles right now. There is that Secret Project(on the last skein) and Rattlesnake Creek Socks. Pictures will be taken and posted early this week. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

We're Back...

Greg and I took some much needed time away. We visited Baja and spent a week at each of the "cabos"- Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Over a year ago I purchased two timeshares on ebay(sounds crazy, but I researched them before bidding). One of them, the Hacienda del Mar, is located closer to Cabo San Lucas and the other, the Grand Mayan, has several locations sprinkled throughout Mexico. The newest Grand Mayan, located just outside San Jose, was completed a year ago. We stayed at the Hacienda del Mar for the first week and enjoyed the lovely grounds, architecture and pools.

The beach was beautiful, too.
Before moving on to our next stop, we visited Todos Santos up Highway 1 on the Pacific side. Todos Santos is called a "Magical town" in the tour books. There are many galleries..we purchased two prints by Jill Logan and spent some time chatting with her 

...before stopping by the Hotel California for a pleasant lunch on the patio. 

 As we transitioned from one hotel to the other, tropical storm Julio hit Los Cabos. We encountered flooded streets and experienced high wind and rain for a day.

Our second week was spent at the Grand Mayan, just outside San Jose del Cabo. It is much smaller the GM in Cancun but the staff and accommodations were perfect.

I did manage to do some knitting on this trip. The second Zombie Sock is well on the way and should be finished later this week. Another project that I knit on can't be mentioned yet as it will be a gift for someone special.

When we arrived home a package containing yarn was on top of the stack. I volunteered to to test knit a hat pattern for Cathy (a friend from sock camp). Currently it is called The Hat With No Name. It starts at the top with a circular cast on that is new to me...another challenge. Should be fun! More about this in days to come...